The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have announced the launch of ‘Get Smart About Asthma’, a comprehensive online asthma management resource that takes a look at the underlying cause of asthma – inflammation. You’ll find information about asthma triggers and asthma types; asthma tips for adults and children; a glossary; research and resources; how to control your asthma; and asthma treatments. If you suffer with asthma, you’ll be familiar with the two types of medications you require: quick-relief medicine for immediate symptom relief during an asthma attack; and long-term control medicine for controlling inflammation in the airways. The most common quick-relief medicine you’ll be familiar with is the inhaled short-acting bronchodilator, known as Short-Acting Beta Agonists (SAMA) that quickly relaxes tightened muscles in the airways allowing them to open. But did you know that in laboratory studies and randomised trials, inspiratory muscle training was shown to generate:
- A reduction of ß2-agonists consumption by up to 79%
- A reduction in the consumption of asthma medication of up to 79%
- An improvement in asthma symptoms by up to 75% in 3 weeks
And did you know that 9% of people with asthma use complementary therapies for their asthma (Asthma UK 2012)? In the randomised, controlled trials, on mild / moderate asthmatics, POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (IMT) increased inspiratory muscle strength by a mean of 11% in just 3 weeks. And inspiratory muscle training has been shown to relieve the symptoms of asthma by improving lung function, resulting in reduction of medication and a fall in hospitalisations. Asthma patients experience a reduction in dyspnoea (difficult or laboured breathing; shortness of breath) after as little as 3 weeks’ POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (IMT), as well as improvements in quality of life. The Get Smart About Asthma website includes really useful online tools, including: Asthma Symptom Checker; Assess Your Asthma Control and Asthma Action Plan. These online tools have been created to enable you to provide relevant information to your asthma nurse or healthcare professional when you visit for a consultation. When you visit your doctor to discuss your asthma treatment it would be worth asking about the POWERbreathe Medic which is available for prescription in the National Health Service (NHS) UK Drug Tariff, and is being prescribed by UK medical professionals as either a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme. Read more about how inspiratory muscle training with POWERbreathe could help relieve your asthma symptoms, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe as part of your asthma treatment, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more from people with asthma who’ve used POWERbreathe in our Asthma blog category.